Tele­caster rar­ing to go for Eclipse chal­lenge

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Racing -

Hughie Mor­ri­son has con­firmed Tele­caster will take his chance in the Coral-eclipse at Sandown Park on Satur­day.

The colt ap­peared set to play a ma­jor role in the Derby af­ter win­ning the Dante Stakes at York in good style but, hav­ing raced keenly early on at Ep­som, he faded tamely to fin­ish last of 13.

“We were very happy with him yes­ter­day [Tues­day] – so un­less there is a late wob­ble, we will be there on Satur­day,” said Mor­ri­son.

“Ep­som prob­a­bly came too soon for him, and the course was prob­a­bly not to his lik­ing. Hope­fully, we are not go­ing back too soon. He is burst­ing with en­ergy at home, so we thought we had bet­ter run him.

“Will we get the horse which ran in the Dante on Satur­day, or the one who ran in the Derby?

“He doesn’t give you any out­ward signs of the con­trary. It’s pretty un­nerv­ing, and it would be easy to bot­tle it – but he looks well, is work­ing well and op­por­tu­ni­ties like this do not come along very of­ten, so off you go.”

En­able con­tin­ues to com­mand strong sup­port for the race and is now as low as Even-money favourite to make a win­ning re­turn. Yes­ter­day, con­nec­tions re­ported her in good shape but voiced con­cerns re­gard­ing fast ground.

“She’s in good form – she had a nice breeze this morn­ing and looks in good shape,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, rac­ing man­ager to owner Khalid Ab­dul­lah, yes­ter­day.

“I don’t think she’d want the ground very firm. Ten fur­longs isn’t wor­ry­ing us, be­cause she’s got a good cruis­ing speed, so I wouldn’t be overly con­cerned about that. We thought Sandown would suit her.”

Sandown clerk of the course An­drew Cooper ex­pects En­able’s trainer John Gos­den to ex­am­ine the track for him­self and hopes he will find the sur­face sat­is­fac­tory. “Hope­fully it will be OK. I’m sure John [Gos­den] will take a look,” he said.

“We want to pro­vide a safe, fair rac­ing sur­face – and I think we’re on course to do that.

“Wa­ter­ing is tak­ing place every day this week, in the ab­sence of any rain. It’s been a ques­tion of how much wa­ter to put on.”

Pos­i­tive out­look: Trainer Hughie Mor­ri­son re­ports Tele­caster to be in peak form

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